What’s the difference between serviced and inclusive accommodation?
The terms ‘serviced’ and ‘inclusive’ are bandied around a lot in the rental property industry. But one question we receive a lot from prospective tenants is, ”What’s the difference between serviced and inclusive accommodation?”.
That’s why, here at CheckedInn HQ, we have put together this handy go-to guide to help you understand the difference, between these ostensibly synonymous terms.
It’s a must-read for anyone planning a move to a new location for work or study as you will need to understand the accommodation options in front of you.
What is serviced accommodation?
Serviced accommodation is also a bit like a hotel. Like inclusive accommodation, it is often perfect for people on short term contracts who need somewhere to stay when they are working or studying in a new place for a set amount of time.
Unlike inclusive accommodation, serviced accommodation feels a lot more like a hotel because it includes the cleaning of the property. The cleaning usually also covers changing the bed and towels every few days.
The advantage of serviced accommodation is that you can completely relax in your new accommodation and concentrate on the job at hand with nothing to distract you.
For landlords, providing serviced accommodation often offers huge financial incentives as they can be at a premium with so few on the market.
The downside of serviced accommodation is that, if you are a landlord, you will need to arrange the cleaning of the property.
If you are a tenant, then the downside is that you will have to be prepared to have strangers in your temporary home every few days.
What is inclusive accommodation?
Inclusive accommodation essentially bridges the gap between hotels and bed and breakfasts and renting a property.
The advantage of inclusive accommodation is that they often offer short-term contracts, which is perfect if you are relocating temporarily for work or study.
You have the freedom of having your own pad, but the bills and costs associated with renting your own place are included in a monthly lump sum that you pay. This means that it is much less stressful than renting a flat where you have to pay council tax, gas/electric, and other utility bills.
With inclusive accommodation, those bills are all taken care of on your behalf. It also includes the furniture and linen as you won’t want to arrange either of those if you are moving somewhere new for just 2 to 4 months.
The downside of inclusive accommodation is that it doesn’t include cleaning the property, so you will have to do this yourself or arrange a cleaner.
If you are a landlord, the downside of inclusive accommodation is that you might find that the utility bills can be high with your tenants not having to worry about footing the bill.
Although, there are now all sorts of green energy systems to choose from in order to heat and power your property.
We have a huge portfolio of impressive Cambridge properties available to rent all year long on short term contracts. We have properties that provide both serviced and inclusive accommodation to suit your needs. Contact CheckedInn to find out more about your next home in Cambridge.